Internal Medicine Interns, 2022-23

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Olgert Bardhi, M.D., M.Sc.

Home Town: Tarpon Springs, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Academic Medicine
Personal Interests: Writing, Physical fitness, Food blogging, Podcasting, Hiking, and Traveling

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William Black, M.D.

Home Town: Macon, GA
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia - Athens
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Career Interests: Hematology/Oncology
Personal Interests: College Football, Trout fishing in the Appalachian Mountains, Cooking dinner with my wife

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William Brandon, M.D.

Home Town: Westcliffe, CO
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Homebrewing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, kayaking

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Ayla Cash, M.D., M.P.H

Home Town: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate School: Ohio State University
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Career InterestsPulmonary and Critical Care, public health, academic medicine
Personal Interests: Reading about politics and current events, playing tennis, calligraphy, journaling, and spending time with family
PSTP Program

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Jeff Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate School: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Career Interests: Academic Cardiology
Personal Interests: Sewing, home DIY, cooking/restaurants, and computers
PSTP Program

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Luis Chinea, M.D.

Home Town: San Antonio, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Rheumatology, Hospitalist
Personal Interests: Soccer, disc golf, board games, podcasts, reality TV, museums, and biking

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Zainali Chunawala, M.B.B.S.

Home Town: Pune, India
Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Running, biking, hiking, meditation, soccer, tennis, bowling┼ü, bungee jumping and sky diving

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Kristina Collins, M.B.B.S.

Home Town: St. Catherine, Jamaica
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, Jamaica
Medical School: University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, Jamaica
Career Interests: Endocrine, Nephrology, General Internal Medicine
Personal Interests: Playing badminton and tennis.  Playing the guitar and keyboard.  Writing poems and songs.

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Julie Cooper, M.D.

Home Town: Flower Mound, TX
Undergraduate School: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology, Hospitalist 
Personal Interests: Hiking, running, and reading mysteries

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Diana De Oliveira Gomess, M.D.

Home Town: Venezuela
Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela de Medicina Luis Razetti
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Cooking with my nephew, watching international soccer, and roller skating

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Emily Decicco, M.D.

Home Town: New Hope, PA; Chicago, IL
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Career Interests: Health equity, Cardiology
Personal Interests: Playing lacrosse, live jam-band music, running, long-distance cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and cooking Italian dishes.

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Paige Della-Penna, M.D.

Home Town: Hershey, PA
Undergraduate School: Elon University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Quality Improvement, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Cooking, opera, outdoors hiking, backpacking, cycling, and travel.

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John Deng, M.D.

Home Town: Newton, MA
Undergraduate School: Brandeis University
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hospitalist 
Personal Interests: Traveling, backpacking, camping, bouldering, lead climbing, video games, MMA, reading, movie buff, tech, and sichuan cooking

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Ruchi Desai, M.D.

Home Town: Milpitas, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology
Personal Interests: Reading, puzzlesm cooking, listening to podcasts, watching sports

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Manasa Dutta, M.D.

Home Town: Austin, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal Interests: Professional Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), art, avid coffee lover, and watching movies

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Luise Froessl, M.D.

Home Town: Sunnyvale, CA
Medical School: Faculte de Medecine Universite d'Aix-Marseille AMU
Career Interests: Hematology Oncology
Personal Interests: Hiking, baking, and pencil drawing

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Mustafa Ghanem, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Jerusalem
Undergraduate School: Brooklyn College
Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Career InterestsPulmonary and Critical Care; Viral Respiratory Disease
Personal Interests: Aspiring Adirondack 46er, flatwater paddling, backcountry camping, night hiking, wildlife photography, horticulture, carpentry, and auto
PSTP Program

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Alec Gramann, M.D.

Home Town: Austin, TX
Career Interests: Physician scientist, Dermatology
Personal Interests: Trail running, ultimate frisbee, Taylor Swift concerts, Choreographing dance videos with my wife
Preliminary

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Mary Gwin, M.D.

Home Town: Redmond, WA
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Reader, cycling, cooking, baking, and writing local restaurant reviews as a member of Yelp Elite

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Eileen Hu, M.D.

Home Town: Milpitas, CA
Undergraduate School: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Career InterestsHematology Oncology in academic medical center
Personal Interests: Chinese Dizi (bamboo flute), cooking, visiting Natl Parks, and reading
PSTP Program

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Charlotte Hunt, M.D., M.P.H.

Home Town: Sugar Land, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Gastroenterology 
Personal Interests: Baking and fitness: including kickboxing, weight lifting, spinning, trampoline, and HIIT classes

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Jimin Hwang, M.D.

Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea
Medical School
: Yonsei University College of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Cooking Korean food, hiking, spinning, weights and Pilates, singing/acoustic guitar, drawing cartoons, sunset-watching, and exploring local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops

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Anishka Kappalayil, M.D.

Home Town: Frisco, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal Interests: Traditional Indian Carnatic vocal training, vinyl records, electric guitar, soccer, cooking, water sports, ATVing, and traveling

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Peter Kentros, M.D.

Home Town: Scarsdale, NY
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Career Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care, Climate Change and Health
Personal Interests: Carpentry with salvaged wood and restored tools, curing and fermenting foods, tennis, soccer, reading, and walking my dog, Lugnut

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Han Wool Kim, M.D.

Home Town: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonology and Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Hospitalist 
Personal Interests: Snowboard, basketball, fantasy sports, Spanish, cooking, fingerstyle guitar, powerlifting, beatbox, and Rubik's cube

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Eden Koo, M.D.

Home Town: Honolulu, HI
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology, Academic Medicine
Personal Interests: Watching sports, replicating YouTube cooking recipes, tennis, running, hiking and fantasy football

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Beverly Kyalwazi, M.D.

Home Town: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Career Interests: General Medicine, Gastroenterology, or Hematology/Oncology
Personal Interests: Playing piano, singing, hiking, morning runs, soccer, basketball, flag football, and reading a good book in the sun

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Blake Lackey, M.D.

Home Town: Coppell, TX
Undergraduate School: University of North Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Nephrology or Academic Medicine, healthcare disparities
Personal Interests: Skateboarding, guitar/bass, spoken word poetry, and Kung Fu

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Emily Limmer, M.D.

Home Town: San Antonio, TX
Undergraduate School: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal Interests: Quilting handmade gifts, baking yeasted breads, playing board and card games, meal-prepping, skiing, and traveling
Preliminary

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Gloria Lin, M.D.

Home Town: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania 
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Career Interests: Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology
Personal Interests: Distance running, gardening, hiking, and photography

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Dimitri Maamari, M.D.

Home Town: Beirut
Undergraduate School: American University of Beirut
Medical School: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology and Genomic Medicine
Personal Interests: Certified Wine Taster & Winery, sking, and Futsal goalkeeper

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Kareem Malas, M.D.

Home Town: Brown Deer, WI
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Soccer, fitness, weightlifting, running, video games. Devoted fan of the Milwaukee Bucks, Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers

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Paris Malensek, M.D., M.B.A.

Home Town: Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate School: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology or Hospitalist, Healthcare Administration
Personal Interests: Golf, tennis, downhill skiing, travel, singing, dancing, playing flute/piccolo/piano/ukulele, Fishing, Yoshukai karate

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Caroline McLeod, M.D.

Home Town: Albemarle, NC
Undergraduate School: University of South Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology/Hepatology 
Personal Interests: Running, reading fiction novels, listening to podcasts, and enjoying the culinary scene

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Bernadette Miramonte, M.D., M.P.H.

Home Town: Mishawaka, IN
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Kayaking in national parks, snowboarding, cooking, snorkeling, paintings, and writing poetry

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Ava Mirtsching, M.D.

Home Town: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Pediatric radiology, musculoskeletal radiology
Personal Interests: Hiking, visiting National Parks, cooking, hosting dinners, watching Great British Baking Show, and gardening
Preliminary

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Aman Narayan, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: Rice University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Hospitalist, Cardiology, Rheumatology
Personal Interests: Cooking, playing/watching sports, fantasy football, playing the dhol, politics, healthcare economics, and healthcare accessibility

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Rohit Nathani, M.D.

Home Town: Bilaspur, India
Undergraduate School: Abhinav Public School New Delhi
Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Soccer, running, badminton, chess, and cricket.  Fan of the DC universe, thriller movies, and TV series, alternative rock music.

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Niharika Neela, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, TX; Bangalore, India
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Personal Interests: Vegetarian cooking, podcasts, reading fiction and non-fiction, hiking,  New York Times crossword puzzles, dancing and singing

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Michelle Ng, M.D.

Home Town: Chicago, IL; Hong Kong
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Career Interests: Gastroenterology
Personal Interests: Fitness, hiking, podcasts, cooking, exploring bookstores, watching Cantonese and Mandarin TV shows

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David Nganga, M.D.

Home Town: Kabete, Kenya; St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate School: Saint Louis University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Weight lifting and playing recreational soccer
Preliminary

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Ali Noorbaksh, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, TX; Harrisburg, PA
Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal InterestsArchitecture and design, literature review, healthcare topics, space and science fiction, surfing, hiking, and camping

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Patrick O’Hara, M.D.

Home Town: East Rockaway, NY
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania 
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal Interests: Hiking, climbing, golfing, table tennis, running, weight training, basketball, frisbee, volleyball, sudying new languages, traveling, and movies

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Do Park, M.D.

Home Town: Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado - Denver
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Community outreach to non-English speaking patients. Cooking, playing fingerstyle/electric guitar, and spending quality time with my fiance and cat

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Sanghoon Park, M.D.

Home Town: Seoul, South Korea; Bloomfield Hills, MI
Undergraduate School: Swarthmore College
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care, Cardiology 
Personal Interests: Soccer, running with fiance, cooking, and playing with my cat

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Mausam Patel, M.D.

Home Town: Merritt Island, Florida
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology, Gastroenterology
Personal Interests: Dancing, Indian Garba-Raas team, reading, cooking, Indian-American fusion, sitcom lover, exercising

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Marissa Peyer, M.D.

Home Town: Wodridge, IL; Onalaska, WI
Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hospitalist, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Singing, soccer, tennis, and restaurant exploration

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Juliana Pineider, M.D.

Home Town: Grapevine, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Personal Interests: Tennis, dog owner, nutrition, snow skiing, water sports, basketball, spending time with family
Preliminary

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Heather Postma, M.D., M.B.A.

Home Town: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: General Internal Medicine
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, Cycling, skiing, golf, traveling, volunteering, backgammon, gin rummy, and listening to podcasts

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Claudia Saborit, M.D.

Home Town: Havana, Cuba; Miami, FL
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology 
Personal Interests: Latin dancing (such as Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue), journaling, writing short stories, and outdoors

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Tejus Satish, M.D.

Home Town: Sugar Land, TX
Undergraduate School: Rice University
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Amateur radio (callsign K2TDZ), hobby electronics, learning piano and guitar, reading (science fiction, history, philosophy)

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Sybil Sha, M.D.

Home Town: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Personal Interests: Backgammon: Achieved a ranking of Top 5 in the United States (age under 18)
Preliminary

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Sonali Srivastava, M.D.

Home Town: Brookfield, WI
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Career Interests: Gastroenterology 
Personal Interests: Swimming, chess, debate, biking, and cooking Indian dishes.

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Lauren Taylor, M.D.

Home Town: Fremont, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology. 
Personal Interests: Hawaiian dancing, Chinese yo-yo, crafting, traveling, cooking, playing with my dog, yoga, hiking, HIIT, and dog parks

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Sanaa Tejani, M.D.

Home Town: Plano, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology, Endocrinology 
Personal Interests: Yoga, finding new restaurants, exploring art museums/exhibits, class pass, puzzles

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Carlos Tovar, M.D., M.E.

Home Town: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Personal Interests: Avid drone enthusiast, cooking , music, soccer, kickball, racquetball, pickleball, and spikeball. Read about technology, science, and interstellar travel.

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Christopher Viamontes, M.D., M.A.

Home Town: Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate School: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology, Hospitalist
Personal Interests: Chess, Notre Dame athletics, ballroom dancing, and sabre fencing

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George Waldenmaier, M.D., MPHTM

Home Town: Onancock, VA
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Gastroenterology
Personal Interests: Aviation, gardening, travel, hiking, reading, history, scuba diving, guitar, cooking, fishing, and hunting

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Isabel Wees, M.D.

Home Town: Fort Worth, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Personal Interests: Vegetarian cooking, hiking National Parks, travel, hot sauce connoisseur, barre and spin classes, reading, thrift shopping

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Julianna West, M.D.

Home Town: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas Christian University
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Cardiology, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Golf, cooking, sewing, and hiking in state and national parks.

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Anna White, M.D.

Home Town: Cape Coral, FL
Undergraduate School: Oakwood University
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Personal Interests: Playing the piano and flute, cycling, poetry, reading, writing, and listening to poetry, sewing, and cooking

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Lexis Will, M.D.

Home Town: Evansville, IN
Undergraduate School: University of Southern Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology,  Pulmonology and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Horseback riding, travel/US National Parks, hiking, scuba diving, and cooking/baking